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FORMER HEAD OF STATE: His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi in Auckland for the conference. Photo / RNZI.

Former Head of State worries about customary land

Former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, has reportedly admitted he was “pressured into signing the Land Title Registration Act in 2008” when he was in office.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Winners of the Back to School Promotion with President of S.S.A.B. Tofilau Fiti Leung wai.

Winners with ‘Meka’ promotion

Twenty customers who shopped at Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B.) during their Meka Back to School promotion are winners. Samsung Galaxy S8+ phone which is the newest brand of Samsung smartphones in the market, H.P. laptops, stereos, bluetooth speakers, nextbook were among a number of products given away by S.S.A.B. These items valued at more than $20,000.

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Tusi Tamate of Siusega says minimum wage should be increased in proportion to match the cost of living.

Young father calls for minimum wage help

The minimum wage should be increased in proportion to match the cost of living. So says Tusi Tamate of Siusega. A farmer and a father of eight, Tusi said they cannot afford any good food, just Chinese food because that is all they can afford with the money they make.

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WE NEED A WATER TANK: Tiatia Faamanu Tiatia, a father of seven, says there are so many things they need, but a water tank is the most pressing need they have.

Family needs help with water tank

The aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Gita has left a family of Samusu, Aleipata, in need of a water tank. Tiatia Faamanu Tiatia, a father of seven, says there are so many things they need, but a water tank is the most pressing need they have.

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WRATH OF GITA: Matailiili Lapi, 63-year-old from Samusu, Aleipata tells the horror of Cyclone Gita that struck Samoa last week.

Mother tells of Cyclone Gita woes

The family of 63-year-old Matailiili Lapi from the village of Samusu, Aleipata, is grateful. A week after Tropical Cyclone Gita left their family devastated with damages to their house and plantation, the mother of six said at least they are alive and that no lives were taken.

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WE NEED A HOUSE: Tufue Tavete of Nu’u Fou pictured here with her family in her house.

Family needs help with house

A mother of seven is seeking help for a decent house to better care for her blind 91-year-old grandmother. Their shelter is falling apart. That is the desperate plea from Iokapeta Tufue Tavete of Nu’u Fou.

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BID MOVES: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi with officials from Russia who are lobbying for support.

Russian city asks Samoa for 2015 World Expo support

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi welcomed some special visitors to his office last week. During a short ceremony, the New Zealand-based Russian Federation Ambassador Valery Tereschenko and a delegation of four officials presented their bid to the Prime Minister to be the host country for the 2025 World Expo.

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REACHING OUT TO SAVAI’I: The Digicel and Red Cross team at Asau.

Reaching out to cyclone victims in Savai’i

The people of Savai’i received much-needed help this week thanks to an outreach programme between the Samoa Red Cross Society and Digicel Samoa. The team arrived in Savaii on Friday morning to give out ready to eat food and water to households listed by the Red Cross as the most affected.

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ONE HAPPY VILLAGE: Chinese Ambassador Wang Xuefeng, Tong Xin, Iliganoa Sapolu with members of the village.

An ‘old friend’ in times of need

More than $10,000 worth of foodstuff have been to the village of Moamoa, Faleasi’u, by the Chinese Embassy in Samoa. The goods donated included 100 bags of rice, 200 bags of sugar, 600 boxes of canned fish and 200 boxes of biscuits.

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BOOKS JOY: Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio (sitting), representative of the Applied Scholastics Organization, Warren Meyer and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi during the handover yesterday.

Books to unlock Samoa’s potential

Ten thousand books called “Learning How To Learn” were donated to the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) by a group called Applied Scholastics International Organization in U.S.A, yesterday.

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NEW S.F.A. PRESIDENT: Alex Su’a has been named the President of the Samoa Faafafine Association.

New President of the Fa’afafine Association

Lawyer, Alex Su’a, is the new President of the Samoa Fa’afafine Association. He takes on the role that was held by S.F.A. founder and President, the late So’oalo Roger Stanley. 

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HAPPY TO BE ALIVE: Thanks to Pei's neighbours, her and her children are able to stay in the front house.

Survival mode in Savai’i

For those in the remotest areas of Savai’i, who had no time or way to prepare for the onslaught of Tropical Cyclone Gita, coming together as a community and relying on each other was the only way of surviving.

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MASSIVE LANDSLIDE: The landslide at Tuialamu  (inset) M.N.R.E. Chief Executive Officer, Ulu Bismark Crawley.

Landslide work stopped

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.) has stopped the clearing of the biggest landslide to be recorded in Samoa for safety reasons. The landslide at Tuialamu, Saleapaga, was triggered by heavy downpours brought by Cyclone Gita, which devastated the country last week.

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GITA FLOODING: The flooding which damaged a lot of buildings in Apia when Cyclone Gita hit Samoa.

Bartley offers helping hand for tenants

Tenants of the Kalolo Bartley Building in Apia will not be paying their $25,000 monthly rent this month. According to the Charles Bartley and Sons (C.B.S.) Board Chairman, Rudy Bartley, this is part of their post-Tropical Cyclone Gita assistance to their tenants.

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PRIME MINISTER: Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. orders A.G.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has ordered Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, to “take action” against people whom they suspect are behind the “Ole Palemia” blog.

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Uelese Fala is in need of a job.

Father needs a job to feed his family

Being hit by a natural disaster when you are unemployed is a terrible combination. Uelese Fala from Utufaalalafa, Aleipata, knows the feeling.

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Talasulu Brown explains about TC Gita and how she worried about her grandchildren.

Mother fears for her children

All mothers wish for nothing but the best for their children. Talasulu Tuimanua Brown from Samusu, Aleipata, is no exception.

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Ioane Ualoa shares his concerns about financial difficulties after TC Gita destroyed his plantation.

Man worries about family after cyclone demolishes plantation

Tropical Cyclone Gita has left Ioane Ualoa and his family in a state of panic.

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Losi Luka in front of his plantation that was devastated by the recent cyclone.

Family needs iron roofing help

Losi Luka from Samusu, Aleipata, has only one wish. He needs help with iron roofing for his house.

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Chilled coconuts and island vibes

On a hot Samoan afternoon, Kiwi couple, Sarah and Mark Percy were sipping chilled coconuts by the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel poolside. It turns out that coconut is one of the couple’s favourite drinks to kick in that island vibe that captivates most first timers to Samoa’s shores. 

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Think a Minute

What a world we live in (Part 2)

Think a minute…We live on a one-of-a-kind privileged planet. Earth has a greater variety of life, landscapes, and water than any planet ever discovered.

Columns

In response to the Samoa First Union

This piece is in reference to “About those “lazy” Samoan workers” by the Samoa First Union. Laziness is a habit inherent in any human being. And it is a bad habit. Period.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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